Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's a South Carolina Snow Day Y'all

We have to say that when we moved to South Carolina from snowy cold New York State we never thought we would have 4 snow days in one year!!

Snowstorm Pax came through and hit upstate SC head on. At our house we got about 3 inches and both of our offices were closed for days. I know what you're thinking, you're a New Yorker and you are actually telling someone you got 3 inches of snow and work was closed? Well, I guess the difference is here in SC they use sand (not salt) and we have 3 snow plows for all of Greenville county. Sooo...
3" in SC
Here are some pictures from our fun and unexpected South Carolina Snow Day. Lilly is in absolute heaven with the snow, she looks so perfect and fluffy! I am now even more convinced that she is a Goberian (Siberian Husky/Golden Mix).

I'm pretty sure this is what doggy heaven looks like.
We gathered a group of friends and went sledding at a local park by our house. It was fun to be a kid again!! 
Big Kid Snow Day with friends! In SC we use inflatable boats for sleds :-)
After getting home from sledding we enjoyed some homemade hot chocolate with frothed milk and Chai marshmallows from the Troy, NY farmers market and built a fire. Man, I really felt like I was home in NY!!

No snow day would be complete without a hearty soup, and that is exactly what we were craving. Check out the recipe for our hearty "South Carolina Snowed In Soup!" No South Carolina soup would be complete without bacon right? Right.

BLT Foodies: South Carolina Snowed In Soup
  • South Carolina Snowed In Soup
  • Serves: 6 servings

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 4 slices Applegate Farms Uncured Turkey Bacon, chopped
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • Directions

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Cook turkey bacon for about 5 minutes until crisp, sauteing as needed. Remove bacon from pan, and set bacon aside in a small bowl.
  2. Add chicken breast to the large saucepan and sauté ~6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and set aside in small bowl with the bacon.
  3. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, and add the onion and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender. 
  4. Add plum tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, dried oregano, and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
  5. Return bacon and chicken to the pan. Stir in 3 cups water and broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. 
  6. Add the orzo, and cook for 9 minutes or until al dente. 
  7. Add beans and cook 2 minutes or until heated. 
  8. Remove from heat; stir in thyme and wine.
  9. Serve and enjoy by a warm fire!

Enjoy the snow y'all!

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